Ritz Theatre Company

915 White Horse Pike,
Oaklyn, NJ 08107

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Previously operated by: Budco

Architects: Albert Douglas Hill, Harvey Childs Hodgens

Firms: Hodgens & Hill

Functions: Live Theater

Styles: Greek Revival

Previous Names: Ritz Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 856.858.5230

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Ritz Theatre Company

Actually located in Haddon Township, but listed as being in Oaklyn. Opened in 1927 with 600 seats, and a Gottfried 2 manual organ. The Ritz Theatre was a popular downtown cinema and in the 1950’s it became South Jersey’s premier foreign film venue before it went into a period of decline in the 1970’s when it became a venue for adult movies.

When videocassettes became more popular, it spelled the end for many adult theatres, including the Ritz Theatre, which closed in the mid-1980’s.

A local theatre company, "Puttin' on the Ritz Inc.", (now the Ritz Theatre Company) began leasing the Ritz Theatre in 1985 and has used the historic movie house as a venue for live theatre ever since.

The group purchased the 400-seat Ritz Theatre and restored and renovated the building.

Restorations included the fa├žade of the building and the interior murals, as well as adding 334 new seats in the auditorium. The Greek Revival-style Ritz has also been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 12, 2005 at 3:34 am

Film Daily Yearbooks;1941 and 1943 editions give a seating capacty of 600. In the 1950 edition of F.D.Y. seating is given as 746.

teecee on September 1, 2005 at 9:06 am

I guess this theater is haunted:
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teecee on September 1, 2005 at 9:25 am

Just noticed, the homepage isn’t posted here:

teecee on March 2, 2006 at 12:29 am

Listed as a Budco Theatre in the 1985 International Motion Picture Almanac.

teecee on March 2, 2006 at 2:31 am

Listed in the 1970 FDY as part of William Goldman Theatres, Inc.

teecee on May 13, 2006 at 3:44 am

Additional information and photo:
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ERD on May 13, 2006 at 5:39 am

Looks like a nice cozy little theatre. I wish the owners success.

HistoryGuy on February 11, 2007 at 6:02 pm

The Haddon Township Historical Society has a page of pictures and history about the Ritz Thetare. The link is: View link The historical society web site also mentions that the Ritz will be the location for a film about a closed cross-town theatre — The historic Westmont Theatre. Brent J. Donaway’s documentary film The Grand Old Lady (Footprint Films)is going to premiere at the Ritz Thetare on May 6, 2007. Info is from a flyer located at www.myspace.com/TheWestmontTheatre I think it is really cool that one local historic theatre, the Ritz, will be the premiere location for a film about another local theatre.

RickB on March 7, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Revenues have dropped, so the Ritz will present a fund-raising show on April 5. Philly.com story here.

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